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ClimatePalooza 2014

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We asked our friend and colleague Laura Faye Tenenbaum, Education Specialist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to recommend to us some of her favorite online videos about climate change.

Here is her list:

NASA Climate Videos

Frozen Earth: Ice covers 10 percent of the Earth’s surface and help’s moderate the planet’s temperature. Glaciers and ice sheets around the world are melting at an alarming rate. By keeping an eye on Earth’s ice from space, NASA satellites help us understand the global effect of climate change.

Piecing Together the Temperature Puzzle: The past decade has been the hottest ever recorded since global temperature records began 150 years ago. This video discusses the impacts of the sun’s energy, Earth’s reflectance and greenhouse masses on global warming.

Aquarius: Salt of the Sea: Salinity plays a major role in global ocean circulation and changes in salinity may impact regional and global climates. NASA’s new Aquarius mission will paint a global picture of our planet’s salty waters.

Earth: The Water Planet: The ocean is responsible for Earth’s mild climate and makes life on Earth possible for all creatures. As global ocean temperatures increase, the ocean water expands causing sea level rise which can have disastrous impacts on low-lying costal regions.

The Carbon Crisis in 90 Seconds: By burning coal and oil, people are adding old carbon to the atmosphere faster than plants and the oceans can take it out. the carbon in the atmosphere acts like a blanket trapping heat and making the planet warmer.

Feeling the Sting of Climate Change: By comparing bee data to satellite imager, NASA research scientist Wayne Esaias uses honey bees and tiny data collectors to understand how climate change is affecting pollination and plants.

Climate Change and the Global Ocean: One of the best ways to understand the Earth’s ocean is from the perspective of space. NASA’s Earth observing satellites gather data including ocean surface temperature, surface winds, sea level, circulation, and marine life.

The Changing Face of Planet Earth: NASA satellites observe Earth’s changes both natural as well as anthropogenic. These changes include growth in population, deforestation, floods, drought, and fires.

Climate Central Videos

How Much Will Sea Level Rise? Grab Your Towel: There are two main reasons why sea level is rising as the world gets warmer. First, as ice sheets and glaciers melt, they send ice and water pouring into the oceans. But another reason is that water, like most substances, expands as it heats up — and as greenhouse gases warm the atmosphere, some of that heat is slowly warming the oceans as well.

March 2012 Becomes Warmest on Record: According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), record and near-record breaking temperatures dominated the eastern two-thirds of the nation and contributed to the warmest March on record for the contiguous United States, a record that dates back to 1895. This NOAA animation shows the locations of each of the 7,793 daytime and 7,493 nighttime records (or tied records) in sequence over the 31 days in March.

ClimateCenter: Wind 101: You know that saying about March coming in like a lion?  If the roar refers to the wind, that saying generally is true.  Hang onto your hats as we enter the windiest time of the year.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Videos

Climate Change: Impacts, Solutions and Perceptions: This collection of videos presents experts’ lectures and discussions on these topics in a series of public forums hosted in 2011 by NOAA and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University.

Historical Perspectives on Climate Change: Historian James Roger Fleming presents a historical perspective on how our understanding of Earth’s climate system evolved through a succession of pioneering scientists in the 1800s and 1900s who asked, and answered, fundamental questions about the causes and effects of global climate change.

The State of the Climate: Drawing on The State of the Climate in 2009, Dr. Deke Arndt presents the preponderance of scientific evidence that climate change is occurring and that humans are the primary cause. He also elaborates on the modern methods that scientists use to monitor many different aspects of Earth’s climate system.


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